Author Archives: Marc Selinger

Air Force Plans To Proceed With Purchasing Light-Attack Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force intends to rapidly buy a fleet of light-attack aircraft after it conducts a second round of experiments with such planes later this year, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Feb. 16. The Air Force recently updated its five-year spending plan to include a $2.4 billion “placeholder” to acquire the aircraft, Wilson told […]

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson (Air Force photo)

Air Force Plans To Proceed With Purchasing Light-Attack Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force intends to rapidly buy a fleet of light-attack aircraft after it conducts a second round of experiments with such planes later this year, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Feb. 16. The Air Force recently updated its five-year spending plan to include a $2.4 billion “placeholder” to acquire the aircraft, Wilson told […]

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Senate OKs Griffin To Lead DoD’s New Research And Engineering Shop

The Senate confirmed several national security nominations by voice vote late Feb. 15, including former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin to the new job of undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (R&E). Under a congressional mandate aimed at increasing attention to innovation, the Department of Defense recently split the position of undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology […]

Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, NORTHCOM/NORAD commander (Air Force photo)

NORTHCOM Chief Says She Will Guard Against Overusing Upgraded F-16s

With the U.S. Air National Guard planning to equip less than a fourth of its F-16s with new radars, a key homeland defense official said Feb. 15 that she will keep an eye on the upgraded fighter jets to prevent them from being overtaxed. “I’m working very closely with the Air Force on this,” said […]

The Air Force wants to replace its aging UH-1N helicopter. Photo: Air Force.

Sikorsky Protests Air Force’s Huey Replacement Program

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin [LMT] company, has filed a pre-contract-award protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey replacement program, saying the service expects the winning bidder to hand over too much intellectual property. Based on discussions with the Air Force, Sikorsky said Feb. 14 that it is concerned about […]

An E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. Photo: Air Force.

Competition For JSTARS Replacement Plane Continues As Air Force, Hill Duel Over Proposal To End Program

The U.S. Air Force, which recently announced plans to nix a replacement for its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft, is not pulling the plug on the program just yet. Facing congressional opposition to its proposal, the Air Force said Feb. 13 that it intends to continue reviewing industry bids for the replacement plane at least until […]

The E-8C JSTARS. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Aims To Develop New Sensor Fusion System Instead Of Replacing JSTARS Surveillance Plane

The U.S. Air Force is dropping plans to build a new ground-surveillance aircraft, opting instead to begin developing an advanced battle management system that can fuse threat information from various new and existing sensors to provide a comprehensive view of the battlespace. Air Force Undersecretary Matthew Donovan said the service’s $156.3-billion fiscal year 2019 budget […]

Air Force Aims To Develop New Sensor Fusion System Instead Of Replacing JSTARS Surveillance Plane

The U.S. Air Force is dropping plans to build a new ground-surveillance aircraft, opting instead to begin developing an advanced battle management system that can fuse threat information from various new and existing sensors to provide a comprehensive view of the battlespace. Air Force Undersecretary Matthew Donovan said the service’s $156.3-billion fiscal year 2019 budget […]

Falcon Heavy’s Center Booster Missed Landing Ship And Splashed Into Ocean

The center booster that SpaceX used in Falcon Heavy’s first flight test late Feb. 6 failed to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean as planned, according to company founder Elon Musk. The booster, or core, ran out of propellant used to slow its descent to Earth, causing it to slam into the water at […]